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Louisiana State University 

Medical Center 

Shreveport 



School of Medicine in Shreveport 

School of Allied Health Professions 

School of Graduate Studies 



Commencement 



Strand Theatre 
10:00 A.M., Saturday, June 7, 1997 



Program 

The audience is requested to remain seated during the processional 

PROCESSIONAL 

PRESIDING 

RALPH J. HENDERSON, Jr., Ph.D. 

Assistant Dean for Student Affairs, School of Medicine in Shreveport 

NATIONAL ANTHEM 

JAMES THIBODAUX, Class of 1997 

INVOCATION 

REV. MSGR. EARL PROVENZA 

Pastor of Christ the King Catholic Church, Bossier City 

WELCOME AND INTRODUCTIONS 
MERVIN L. TRAIL, M.D. 
Chancellor, Louisiana State University Medical Center 

RALPH J. HENDERSON, Jr., Ph.D. 

ANDRA BLOMKALNS 

President, Medical School Senior Class of 1997 

ADDRESS 

ARLAN COHN, M.D. [a.k.a. Oscar London, M.D.] 
Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine, Univ. Cal.-San Francisco 
Author of the books, Kill As Few Patients As Possible and 
Dr. Generic Will See You Now 

PRESENTATION OF THE 

ALLEN A. COPPING EXCELLENCE IN TEACHING AWARDS 

PRESENTATION OF CANDIDATES 

GORDON H. SCHUCKERS, Ph.D. 

Executive Associate Dean for Shreveport Programs, 

School of Allied Health Professions 

MARILYN L. ZIMNY, Ph.D. 
Dean, School of Graduate Studies, 
Louisiana State University Medical Center 

IKE MUSLOW, M.D. 

Vice Chancellor and Interim Dean, School of Medicine in Shreveport 

CONFERRING OF DEGREES 
DR. ALLEN A. COPPING 
President, Louisiana State University System 

OATH OF HIPPOCRATES 

BENEDICTION 

REV. MSGR. EARL PROVENZA 

RECESSIONAL 



CANDIDATES FOR DEGREES 

LSU MEDICAL CENTER 

1997 



MASTER OF COMMUNICATION DISORDERS 

Kristen Kitchens Black* 
Christine Renee' Breaux* 
Stephanie Alyce Crouch* 

Amy Ignozzitto Grogan* 

Stephanie Rae Hutson* 
Kirsten Ann McGee Russell* 



MASTER OF SCIENCE 

David Young Kang* - Physiology and Biophysics 
Major Professor - Matthew Grisham, Ph.D. 

Melissa Anne Smith - Biochemisty and Molecular Biology 
Major Professor - Alan Abbott, Ph.D. 



DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY 

Todd Burk Casanova* - Microbiology and Immunology 
Major Professor - Kenneth M. Peterson, Ph.D. 

Tamara Dawn Grant* - Cellular Biology and Anatomy 
Major Professor - Robert D. Specian, Ph.D. 

Jane M. van Wert - Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 
Major Professor - Sidney R. Grimes, Jr., Ph.D. 

Jianping Wang* - Pharmacology and Therapeutics 
Major Professor - Adrian J. Dunn, Ph.D. 



*In absentia 



CANDIDATES FOR DEGREES 

LSU MEDICAL CENTER 

1997 

DOCTOR OF MEDICINE 



Jason Darrell Adams 
Sharye Vaughan Atchison 
William Heritage Baird 
Arnold Eric Barz 
Gerald A. Bello II 
J. Scott Bicknell 
Anna-Maria Blake 
Andra Leah Blomkalns 
Carl David Boethel 
Jeffrey Huntington Bordelon 
Corine Hardmon Bowman 
Kevin Neal Boykin 
Kristy Laborde Braud 
Arthur Mack Brister, Jr. 
Russell Derek Burlison 
Anna Christella Burson 
Patrick Sherwood Bynum 
Murat Mehmet Celebi 
Nancey Elizabeth Chambers 
Kasey Renee Chenevert 
James Warren Christopher 
Paul Danner Cooper 
James Edward Craven IV 
Joia Crear-Below 
Carson Colvin Cunningham 



Randall I. Davis 

Katherine Leslie R Dean 

Wesley Joseph Desselle 

Tymwa Duval Dixon 

Deanna S. Donley 

Freddie J. Fandal, Jr. 

Sandra Ashley Franz 

Pascal Edward Gaudreault 

Jessie Ann Pylant George 

Matthew Kenyon George 

Charles Christopher Germany 

Robyn Brehm Germany 

Michael Ford Gibson 

Avit John "Frere" Gremillion HI 

Behzad Haghi 

Donald Scott Haynes 

Sabrina Michelle Benefield Holloman 

David Glenn Holmes 

Jeffrey W. Holt 

Stephanie L. Humble 

Darrell J. Hutson 

Joseph Manuel Imseis 

Sophy Ann Jancich 

Judy Chul-Hui Kang 

Catherine Cooper Katzenmeyer 



CANDIDATES FOR DEGREES 

LSU MEDICAL CENTER 

1997 

DOCTOR OF MEDICINE 



William Kevin Katzenmeyer 
Abdul Rasheed Khan 
David Wilbur Krueger 
Monica LaRose 
Randy Lane Lavespere 
Aaron L. Lirette 
Eric Shane Madore 
Chad Blake Manuel 
John W. Mercer, Jr. 
TammyTOtchell 
Wendy Simmons Moreland 
Kelly Jean Morgan 
Jacqueline Jenkins Morris 
Nathaniel Lee Morris 
Robert Thomas Muldoon, Ph.D. 
Nhan Phuc Nguyen 
Chika Emmanuel Okereke 
Jennifer Lynn Olson 
Antonio Ricardo Pizarro 
Radhika Gunturu Prasad 
John Franklin Priddy 
Andrew Balford Riche 
Laura Catherine Richey 
David Millard Rimmer, III 
Rona Beth Robbins 
Jeffrey Brent Robertson 



Eric M. Rowley 

Scott William Rypkema 

Jared Allan Schaan 

Jennifer Alain Sewell 

Timothy Scott Simmons 

F. Thomas Siskron, IV 

John H. Smith, III 

David Scott Snow 

Christopher Sean Sockrider 

Steve Franklin Springer 

Chad Aloysius Strittmatter 

M. Sean Strother* 

Rachael Frances Tadlock 

Timothy W. Talbert 

Beau Charles Tedesco 

James Raul Thibodaux Jr. 

Thomas Steen Trawick, Jr. 

Brian M. Unterman 

Delilah Koizumi Warrick* 

Jon Eric Welch 

Charles Victor Wendling, Jr.* 

James Russell Whiddon 

Stephen Paul Wilber 

Larrie Williamson 

Nano Karen Zeringue 

*In absentia 



MARSHALS 

David L. DeSha, Ph.D., Chief Marshal 

Kenneth D. Abreo, M.D. 

J. Thomas Cross, Jr., M.D. 

Sue J. Jue, M.D. 

Catrell J. McCulloch, M.D. 

John C. McDonald, M.D. 

John J. Stewart, Ph.D. 



CLASS OF 1997 

ALPHA OMEGA ALPHA 
HONOR MEDICAL SOCIETY 

Elected Junior Year 

Arthur Mack Brister, Jr. 

William Kevin Katzenmeyer 

John Franklin Priddy 

M. Sean Strother 

Delilah Koizumi Warrick 



Elected Senior Year 

Anna-Maria Blake 

Andra Leah Blomkalns 

Kevin Neal Boykin 

James Edward Craven IV 

Katherine Leslie R Dean 

Wesley Joseph Desselle 

Robyn Brehm Germany 

Wendy Simmons Moreland 

Radhika Gunturu Prasad 

Rona Beth Robbins 

Stephen Paul Wilber 

Nano Karen Zeringue 



ACADEMIC HERALDRY: THE SYMBOLS OF LEARNING 

The university commencement procession is a pageant, alive and bright 
with the dress and ceremony inherited from the medieval universities of the 
eleventh and twelfth centuries. 

To preserve their dignity and meaning it became necessary for these 
universities to set rules for academic dress. American universities agreed on 
a definite system in 1895 and set up a code of academic dress. In 1932 the 
American Council on Education presented a revised code which governs the 
style today. 

The Gown. The flowing gown comes from the twelfth century. It has 
become symbolic of the democracy of scholarship, for it completely covers 
any dress of rank or social standing beneath it. It is black for all degrees with 
pointed sleeves for the Bachelor's degree; long closed sleeves for the Master's 
degree, with a slit for the arm; and round open sleeves for the Doctor's degree. 
The gown worn for Bachelor's or Master's degrees has no trimmings. The 
gown for the Doctorate degrees is faced down the front with velvet and has 
three bars of velvet across the sleeves, in the color distinctive of the discipline 
to which the degree pertains. For certain institutions the official colors of the 
college or university may appear on the gown or its decorations. 

The Cap. The freed slave in Ancient Rome won the privilege of 
wearing a cap, and so the academic cap is a sign of the freedom of scholarship 
and the responsibility and dignity with which scholarship endows the wearer. 
Old poetry records the cap of scholarship as square to symbolize the book, 
although some authorities claim that the mortar board is the symbol of the 
masons, a privileged guild. The color of the tassel on the cap denotes the 
discipline, although a gold tassel may be worn with a doctoral gown. 

The Hood. Heraldically, the hood is an inverted shield with one or 
more chevrons of a secondary color on the ground of the primary color of 
the college. The color of the facing of the hood denotes the discipline 
represented by the degree; the color of the lining of the hood designates the 
university or college from which the degree was granted. 

The Mace. The mace, carried by the Chief Marshal, was in medieval 
times a weapon of war. Today it is a ceremonial symbol of authority. It is 
universally carried in academic and ecclesiastical processions. 

The mace carried in today's procession was conceived, designed and 
made by Jesse O. Morgan, a friend of LSU Medical Center in Shreveport. 



Oath of Hippocrates 

I do solemnly swear by that which I hold most sacred that I will be loyal 
to the Profession of Medicine and just and generous to its Members. 

That I will lead my life and practice my Art in uprighteousness and honor. 

That into whatever house I will enter, it shall be for the good of the sick to 
the utmost of my power. 

That, holding myself aloof from wrong, from corruption, from the tempting 
of others to vice, I will exercise my Art solely for the cure of my patient 
and will give no drug, perform no operation for a criminal purpose, even 
if solicited, far less suggest it. 

That whatsoever I shall see or hear of the lives of men which is not fitting 
to be spoken, I will keep inviolably secret. 

These things do I promise. And in proportion as I am faithful to this, my 
oath, may happiness and good repute be ever mine. In the opposite if I 
shall be foresworn. 




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